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WDHB Health Scholarships

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The Health Scholarship Programme supports Māori and Pacific people living in the Waitematā region (North Shore City, Waitakere City and Rodney District) to complete an undergraduate health science degree with an accredited New Zealand tertiary education provider.

As well as providing you with financial fees support of up to $5,000 for each year of your undergraduate study, we’ll also provide that all-important connection to our DHB so you can access clinical placement opportunities during your study. We will also provide you with employment opportunities when you graduate from your degree programme.

Eligibility Criteria

The scholarships are available to people enrolled on undergraduate health science degrees in New Zealand.

The main eligibility criteria for scholarship applications are:

  •  New Zealand citizenship and/or permanent residency
  • Māori or Pacific ethnicity
  • A completed online application before the closing date
  • Evidence of community involvement
  • Demonstrated understanding of health inequalities and why we need to grow our Māori and Pacific health workforces.
  • A commitment to working for Waitematā DHB on graduation
  • Students receiving funding under the fees free programme are ineligible for the scholarship

 Waitemata DHB Health Scholarship Application Guide:

To apply for the scholarship, you will need to create a login on our Recruitment Centre website.

Please allow about 20 minutes to complete the online screening questions and some additional time to upload your CV and Cover Letter.

Once you have started your application you can save it and return to complete it at any time before the closing date.

Be sure to;

  • Answer all questions to the best of your ability on the online submission
  • Upload a copy of your CV
  • Upload a cover letter outlining your reasons for choosing your career in the health sciences and why a scholarship with Waitematā is important to you - please use the eligibility criteria as a guide We encourage you to include why this Scholarship would be beneficial to you (e.g. – career pathway, ease of financial burden, serving your community)

Tips and support on how to set out your CV and prepare for an interview can be found here

To start your application click here

If you are successful in reaching interview stage, we will contact you by phone or email to arrange a time.


  • This scholarship does not cover postgraduate study
  • This is a bonded scholarship programme. This means that you are expected to put Waitematā DHB down as a first preference for all of your clinical placement experience during your studies. Once you graduate, you will be bonded to work at Waitematā for two years and hopefully you will stay with us beyond that.
  • The exception to this are Medical Students, who will need to put Waitematā DHB down for your TI and PGY1 year.

If you have any questions about either the Scholarship programme or the application process please email

Applications Close: 22nd July 2022 


Testimonial from our Scholarship students

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"Kia Ora, I am a Massey University Masters student majoring in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, I have always been passionate about nutrition and helping improve the health outcomes of our whānau, our Maori whānau are at higher risk of developing poor health outcomes and I am passionate about making a change and supporting our whānau to lead healthier lifestyles. I am beyond grateful to be taken in on the Waitematā DHB scholarship program, not only did the financial support help, but the opportunity to be taken in on the program and supported throughout my masters degree by the team at Waitematā DHB was amazing. As a new graduate student I feel like the weight of the world has been taken off my shoulders knowing that there are opportunities waiting for me at Waitematā DHB once I graduate and I am so grateful that this scholarship allows me to begin working in a career that I am so passionate about" Gypsy Bullen - 2019 Scholarship Student

Onyaya Tugaga

"In 2018 I was awarded a Waitematā DHB Health Scholarship. This scholarship has helped to decrease the financial burden, studying caused me and give me the opportunity to work for Waitematā DHB once I have completed my studies. Throughout the scholarship program I have felt supported and welcomed by all staff members and they have provided endless amounts of support! I would highly recommend for all pacific islanders to apply as this is such an awesome program to be in"  - Onyay Tugaga - 2018 Scholarship Student